Fruitful trade talks for China vice-premier
EVEN the sweet strawberry putting a smile on the face of China's vice-premier, Ma Kai, was fully traceable.
Admittedly, in this case it wouldn't have been too hard, as he was standing amid the 520,000 plants producing the bright, red berries at the north county Dublin glasshouses of Keelings.
But it is the hot topic of traceability that Caroline Keeling, chief executive of the family firm, hopes will see Chinese companies purchase €2m worth of their Keelings Software.
This software is designed to help firms trace every element of their business and ensure quality control. In turn, it will hopefully create 60 hi-tech jobs.
Mr Ma met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny for an early morning discussion on the importance of the multi-billion euro trade links between the two nations at Government Buildings.
Mr Kenny looked pleased as he heard Mr Ma say he would like to "further deepen" co-operation in a raft of industries, including agriculture and food safety systems.
And the fitting word he chose to describe those high-level trade talks? "Fruitful".